Call for Proposals


Call for Papers/Proposals:   Media Literacy Research Symposium

March 21, 2014                  8:00AM-6:00PM

Dolan Business School, Fairfield University, Fairfield, Connecticut

Submit your proposal today!

Media Literacy Research:

We are a growing field with a need for developing and increasing the research within it.   With this conference, we hope shorten the present gap by filling it with works from current scholars, new researchers, graduate students, educators and others who have a vested interest in opening this field and moving it forward from all over the world.

Here are the anticipated strands of focus:

Strand 1: Media Literacy: Past, Present, and Future

Papers in this strand will explore the growth of media literacy through a historical lens, looking at the past to understand the foundations of the field, and what they mean for the future.

Strand 2: Digital Media and Learning

Papers in this strand will explore perspectives on how learning is evolving in technological contexts, and what tools and platforms are facilitating this change.

Strand 3: Global Perspectives

Papers in this strand will explore the role of media literacy as it has developed in international scope and focus in recent decades. Facilitated largely by new digital technologies and social platforms, how students learn about the role of media in their daily lives must necessarily include global perspectives.

Strand 4: Education: Training, Policy, and Digital Citizenship

Papers in this strand will explore how media literacy can be a voice in policy discussions on municipal and national levels. Creating media literacy policy has become an important aspect of the growth of learning in developing curriculums nationally and internationally. Along with policy has been the increase discussion on digital citizenship, Internet safety, cyberbullying and cybersecurity, as they have become increasingly important topics both in and out of schools.

Strand 5: Public Spaces & Civic Activism

Papers in this strand will explore the opportunities that media literacy provides for lifelong education and vibrant spaces for the public to engage with media in informal learning environments, including but not limited to Libraries, museums, parks, and community centers. Whether its healthy lifestyles, political voice, or more production skills, these are all in the context of helping enable stronger, more critical and analytical voices. Thus, this calls for media literacy explorations that involve the notion of the active citizen as their outcome.

Who Should Submit: Scholars, Researchers, and Educators at all stages of their careers are welcome to submit!!

Accepting the Following Formats: Sessions, Panels, Round Tables, Posters

Send Submissions to:  (indicate the strand and the format).

Key Dates:

Call for papers opens:                       November 15, 2013- January 2,  2014

Notification of acceptance:                January  15, 2014

Conference Registration Details to Follow Soon!

For More Information Contact: Belinha De Abreu,  203-315-6830  or  Paul Mihailidis,

Publishing: All papers will be considered for future publication. Details presented at conference.